ENGLEWOOD – The West Side Presbyterian Church closed its doors in July after 117 years of service to the community, but there are plans to have one last celebration to say goodbye to its former members.
Former Pastor Bruce Baker will lead a final celebration service on Nov. 3.
Choirs from local Presbyterian churches will join together with former parishioners to celebrate the West Side Presbyterian Church’s many years.
West Side Presbyterian Church was an active house of worship in the community and was known for reaching out to help those in need, said Janice Holt, of Tenafly, formerly of Englewood, a former parishioner at the church for 25 years.
The church originally began as the West Side Union Chapel in 1896 at the corner of Palisade Avenue and William Street, later moving to the southwest corner of Lafayette and Palisade Avenue. In the 1920s, after an influx of new families moved into the city created a need for more space, the larger, present facility was built on Demarest Avenue in 1926.